Simple 1-Minute Clinical Tests May Ease Fibromyalgia Diagnosis, Study Suggests

Simple 1-Minute Clinical Tests May Ease Fibromyalgia Diagnosis, Study Suggests
Two simple tests that take less than a minute can help diagnose fibromyalgia in patients with chronic pain, a recent study suggests. Results of the study published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice suggest that experiencing pain upon pinching the Achilles tendon and a positive response to the question, "Do you have a persistent deep aching over most of your body?" are good indicators of fibromyalgia. The study is titled, “A simple screening test to recognize fibromyalgia in primary care patients with chronic pain.” Fibromyalgia affects about 3.4% of women and 0.5% of men in the United States. It is characterized by chronic widespread pain and associated with several secondary conditions, including sleep disturbances, fatigue, psychological distress, chronic pelvic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome, among others. Because of the many different symptoms it may present, fibromyalgia can be challenging to diagnose. The process often takes two to three years and three to four evaluations by different medical teams to reach a correct diagnosis. Guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) indicate that fibromyalgia should be diagnosed based on widespread pain experienced for more than three months and pain upon palpation of 11 of 18 tender points. The use of patient self-reported questionnaires focused on other symptoms besides pain also has been proposed to help in the process. However, these diagnostic strategies and other alternative guidelines that have been proposed s
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